ABOUT THE COSMOS-STANDARD

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION FOR  COSMETICS

THE COSMOS-STANDARD OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

  • The standard document that defines the COSMOS requirements and definitions for organic and/or natural cosmetics. Relevant for consumers, businesses, Certification and Accreditation Bodies. Read the COSMOS-standard online or download the PDF below:

  • A guide intended to give guidance on interpreting technical points and criteria in the COSMOS-standard. Relevant for Certification and Accreditation Bodies, companies.

  • A guide intended to give guidance on satisfying the minimum requirements for labelling products according to the COSMOS-standard. Relevant for Certification and Accreditation Bodies, companies.

  • Manual setting out the accreditation and certification requirements. Relevant for Certification and Accreditation Bodies.

WHAT'S COVERED IN 'THE COSMOS-STANDARD'?

 

The COSMOS-standard is guided by four core principles.

  • Promoting the use of products from organic agriculture, and respecting biodiversity.

     

  • Using natural resources responsibly, and respecting the environment.

     

  • Using processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and the environment.

     

  • Integrating and developing the concept of “green chemistry”.

The COSMOS-standard covers in detail all aspects of the sourcing, manufacture, marketing and control of cosmetic products. Our Certifying Bodies inspect each of these aspects when certifying an organic or natural product. The key sections of the COSMOS-standard are chapters 6 – 11.

6. ORIGIN AND PROCESSING OF INGREDIENTS

Standards for water, minerals and ingredients of mineral origin, physically processed agro-ingredients,​ chemically processed agro-ingredients and other ingredients.

7. COMPOSITION OF TOTAL PRODUCT 

How to calculate the organic content of complex ingredients and how much organic content is required in products under organic certification.

8. STORAGE, MANUFACTURING AND PACKAGING

To ensure adequate cleanliness, hygiene and traceability throughout all processes, and to ensure that packaging respects the environment.

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9. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Details the requirements for care of the environment throughout the manufacturing process, and managing, minimising and recycling waste.

10. LABELLING AND COMMUNICATION

Defines comprehensive requirements for clear product labelling and company advertising, to ensure all necessary information for consumers and no misleading claims.

11. INSPECTION, CERTIFICATION AND CONTROL

The requirements for all products, their ingredients and their manufacturing to be certified by a competent body, authorised by independent accreditation. 

HOW TO CERTIFY A PRODUCT OR INGREDIENT

Apply to market organic and natural cosmetic products and ingredients using the COSMOS-standard logo.

COSMOS STANDARD DOCUMENTS
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